My Neighbour’s Sideways Complaint He peers across my wall on the pretext of admiring a rose, but is quick to make snide reference to the dandelions that busily consort with thyme and daisies. (Why does no-one like the dandelion, I wonder: they’re as yellow as the daffodil and so, so easy to grow!) I tell him I am trying to breed a blue one, that gardens one day might be filled with them as woods in spring are full of bluebells. Everyone wants a bit of Heaven, I say, though no-one dares to get too close to the sun.
Gill McEvoy won the 2015 Michael Marks Award for The First Telling (Happenstance Press). She is a Hawthornden Fellow. Her recent collection is Are You Listening? (Hedgehog Press 2020) and a “Selected” is forthcoming from Hedgehog Press in 2022.